Grant Wintheiser, son of Maria and Robb Wintheiser of Sartell, was among the more than 1,000 students who were recognized for academic achievement during Honors Day convocation on May 2 at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. He is a biology major. Honors Day recognizes students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The convocation also recognizes students who have been awarded scholarships and fellowships, including Fulbright scholars, Goldwater scholars, and senior members of leadership and academic honor societies.
Three Sartell students recently graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato. They and their majors are as follows: Andrea Winkels, master’s degree in counseling and student personnel; Joshua Kremer, bachelor’s degree in chemistry, cum laude; and Rory Traut, bachelor’s degree in international relations.
Claire Miller, Sartell, was one of two students recently awarded art mentorship grants from the Central Minnesota Arts Board. She earned $1,500 to work with Yudong Shen MeiLin, renowned Chinese ink and oil painter, to focus on improving observational drawing skills and quick drawing techniques to create a college portfolio. The Student Arts Mentorship program supports intensive, specialized learning experiences between Region 7W students and arts professionals (mentors). Students may apply for up to $2,000 to fund a minimum of 30 hours of study over a maximum of six months.
Aaron Evans, of Sartell, was one of seven high school seniors who was recently awarded an art scholarship from the Central Minnesota Arts Board. He earned $2,000 to study industrial design at Iowa State University. He is a senior who is home schooling with Veritas Christian Academy. His other activities and interests include the following: Civil Air Patrol, cadet commander; Aerospace Education Officer; Summer Encampment deputy commander; Integrated Leadership Academy executive officer; Cadet Officer School; Minnesota Ground Team Academy; National Christian Forensics and Communication Association; International Air Cadet Exchange; Federal Emergency Management Agency; Sartell boys swim; Greater Evansville youth lacrosse; volunteering at homeless shelter, American Legion/VFW, Wreaths Across America; swimming; lacrosse; basketball; hiking; skiing; drawing; foreign policy; church ministry; camping; cartooning; surfing; church youth group; reading; researching; cooking; biking; and rapping. Each applicant must submit up to five art samples and three references along with answers to a set of questions. Applicants are scored according to evaluation criteria and awarded funding in rank order.
Sartell student council gives thanks
The bounce house was one of many fun activities at this year’s Fun Fest Children’s Carnival which helped the Sartell High School Student Council raise more than $1,200 for Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota. The council said it has had another fantastic year. Some additional highlights include winning the National Gold Council of Excellence Award for the second straight year and achieving record attendance at their Homecoming Dance. Members of the council said they really appreciate all of the help from local businesses from donating supplies, concession items and merchandise to volunteering time to ensure each and every event ran smoothly. The group wishes to thank all for their time and help and looks forward to working with everyone again next year.